Restaurant Finally Opens In Vacant Heights Spot

A new dual-concept restaurant has opened in the Heights after months of anticipation.

On Aug. 24, chef Hernan Garcia of Houston’s 1252 Tapas opened Black & White, at 1001 Studewood St., CultureMap reported.

The 5,000-square-foot space will accommodate 200 people at its two separate restaurants. White will serve more casual Mexican seafood dishes, while Black will feature European/Mediterranean fare.

Hernan plans to keep prices at both restaurants relatively low. White will serve dishes ranging between $10 to $15, while most options at Black will cost less than $40.

Black & White is opening in the former Stella Sola location, which has been vacant for three years. Chef Bryan Caswell closed the Tuscan-inspired restaurant in May 2012 after two years of operation.

After Stella Sola shuttered, Ronnie Killen tried to open a second location of his Killen’s Steakhouse, but that venture never came to fruition.

In the summer of 2013, reports surfaced that Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar & Grill would take over the location. However, those plans also were canceled.

The sign for Black & White first emerged in the spring. The restaurant was originally slated to open in July.